Tasting Notes for #1Winelover

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Red
12/1/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
98 points
This wine will be ready in 3 to 5 years from now. I opened this on Thanksgiving, decanted for 2 hours and it was too tannic, so back in the bottle it went. On Friday, I decanted the bottle at around 1pm and by 7pm, it was finally ready and I could taste all of the goodness in the bottle.

Dark red and purple, strong fruit smells; primarily with black and blueberries, and plum. Lot's of mineral -- as in lot's. Chocolate covered blackberries.

I had to work with this wine over 2 days and it was one of the more memorable bottles that I have had recently. It was a great experience!
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Red
9/22/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
I have only tasted a few 2017s thus far and this offering was just outstanding. It was, unfortunately, the 1st good/great bottle of 2017 that I have had. When you drink this, you can forget about the year and concentrate on the wine.

Dark purple with slight red notes, a nice sweet (but not too sweet) smell, rich, luscious and creamy Mike Smith style that not over the top; just right. Lot's of purple and red fruit, notes of chocolate and coffee, and signature earth and gravel from the Dr. Crane Vineyard.

I coravin'ed a glass but it was so good, I opened it up and finished it off!
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Red
8/23/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
100 points
This wine joins the ranks of the 100 point club; an elusive club with only a few participants and all great company (Abreu Madrona Ranch, Fait Main's LPV, and Chris Tynan's Meleagris Gallopavo Vineyard) with great winemakers (Brad Grimes, Benoit Touquette, Chris Tynan and now Mike Smith). Not surprisingly, all are from the St. Helena AVA and two are from my favorite vineyard, Beckstoffer's Las Piedras Vineyard.

When I had a Coravin pour last weekend, time stood still as it was just remarkable. Opaque purple throughout, medium-bodied, a strong smell of primarily black and blue fruit, intermixed with cocoa and earthy gravel notes. This is very well made, it has perfect balance and harmony, just the right amount of acid, nicely integrated tannins, stunning purity and quite a long finish.

I opened the bottle last night and I was worried that it would have changed but fortunately, it did not -- it was just as great as it was last weekend. I saved one glass for tonight and can't wait!
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Red
7/24/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
94 points
Guessed correctly (maybe I should play the lotto) that the average score on CT would be 93.4 points. Since I can't use a decimal, I will rate it 94 points but it really should be rated 93.4 points. haha.

Nice coloring and smell. Primarily black and red which gives it a purple frame. Lots going on and in need of a decant which I cannot do. Red and black fruit, including raspberries, blackberries, and dark cherries. Nice tannins and acid, strong up-front and mid-palate notes and smooth on the finish. All in all, a very good bottle of Calistoga Cabernet. 93.4 points.
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Red
7/24/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
Very dark and very rich. Ready to go and easy to drink; it tasted like candy and cherry pie with chocolate syrup.
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Red
7/20/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
A very strong showing that was a little confusing on multiple fronts. 1st, I thought I pulled a '16, but actually opened the '15. 2nd, it was ready to go aka, pop and pour. In general, I find that 2015s need time to open up and this did not. 3rd, it's from a rugged hillside vineyard in Oakville, which usually means that it has strong tannins and needs additional time to open up.

On this night, it just all came together. Dark purple and red with terrific rich smells. Lots of black, blue and red fruit, very well integrated tannins, kind of creamy with hints of vanilla and chocolate notes. Lot's of mineral and tar as well.

All in all, a great bottle of wine!

Coravin pour last night. I will finish it up tomorrow and re-rate it if it changes. I would expect it to hold its own or get better as I will give it a slight decant. It actually did not get better and was a little flat with less tension on night #2.
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Red
2012 Kata Beckstoffer Bourn St. Helena Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/12/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice wine. The Petite Sirah is still overpowering but the wine has softened up some. I am not sure if this needs more time or if the Cab has petered out...
Red
7/6/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
This rich and luxurious wine is entering a dumb phase currently. Hopefully. It was good, but I had to work with it for most of the night and I really don't want to have to bother with that -- especially for a Mike Smith wine. They are usually more of a PnP. Still good and solid; just not great.

I am actually increasing the rating to 97 as it was much better on day 2. I did not think it would be, but it was. All of the hallmark lush, creamy, vanilla notes came to light on day 2!
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Red
6/30/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
Previous notes apply except that it is a little light on its feet. It tasted solid as a pop and pour, but over the course of the night, it lost some of its luster. The first sips were the best sips.

95 points over the course of two nights.
Red
6/27/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
This dark brooding wine has the coloring of its black bottle. Black and purple with lots going on. Nice strong smell. Tannins that still need to be tamed but with time, you can really get a sense of where this is heading. Lots of blueberry fruit, hints of vineyard designate notes and a long finish. I am confident that I would not be able to tell the difference between VVs single vineyard designate and this BBS. but I am not a wine critic; just a wine drinker! With only 125 cases of their "regular" To Kalon bottling, I am trying to understand the purpose of this offering.
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White
6/24/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
This was a really interesting white as it was very tight when opened but then opened up beautifully over the coarse of dinner. Full of flavor but still relatively light, lots of fruit including citrus and hints of peach. Slight mineral notes throughout.
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Red
6/23/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
99 points
This wine is improving with age. I haven't had it for almost 2 years and it is just as good as the last bottle. Something special!

Primarily purple, with black and red around the edges. Very rich, creamy, lots of tension and still a youngster. Lots of fruit (mostly blueberry), licorice on the mid palate, and chocolate notes. On the finish, tons of earth notes, including mineral, flint, graphite and rock.

For those who have had other wines from Bettinelli Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville, this is so far the best that I have tasted and it is my benchmark. And I have had at least 5 different wines from the vineyard.

98-100 points.
Red
6/23/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
93 points
This rich and full-bodied wine is a great representation of Henry Brothers Vineyard, high up on Howell Mountain. Dark purple and red, matching fruits of chocolate covered cherries and blackberries, and a nice amount of mineral throughout.
Red
6/8/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
This is probably my favorite wine that I have had in 2019. Trespass is from a 5 acre vineyard on the Western side of St. Helena. It is stored at Venge Vineyards and Kirk Venge -- along with the Proprietor -- are the winemakers. The Proprietor influences the winemaking process and therefore, this is more in line with Melka or TRB than Kirk Venge. Thankfully, they do not submit scores so the wine is under the radar and properly priced.

Dark purple with a strong and great smell, full in body, and lots of tension. This is a beauty that still has a long life ahead. Lots of blue and purple fruit, including blueberries, blackberries and plum. Lots of earth notes, including graphite/mineral and rock. Baking spices and chocolate are on the long finish. It does taste similarly to Revana 2013 and Fait Main's LPV but it has a little more verve and has lots going on, which ups the game.
Red
5/31/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
Dark red in color and with a couple of swirls, it showed some purple. A little rough around the edges and with time, some of those edges subsided. This is full-bodied, not overly fruity and has lots of earth notes from Dr. Crane. Strong tannins and acid and a long finish. I suspect this will improve with time. This is an interesting wine from a pedigreed vineyard that has a solid QPR but can't keep up with the Jones.
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Red
5/25/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
94 points
I call this wine, "old faithful" because year in / year out, it's just a pleasure to drink. It's easy to drink. And it's a great value. This year, the vineyard sources have changed slightly and now includes Herb Lamb Vineyard which struts its stuff. Additional vineyards are Morisoli in Rutherford and Henry Brothers Ranch, up on Howell Mountain.

Dark purple with red notes, smelling great, silky smooth tannins and a nice long finish. Lots of dark fruit including black cherry and blackberry, vanilla notes initially and dark mocha on the finish. I have not had many wines from Herb Lamb Vineyard, but there are lots of signature notes from Morisoli and especially Henry Brothers Ranch.
Red
5/20/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
This is still drinking quite well and has lots of years left. Same notes apply, however the vanilla notes have diminished. Very smooth, easy to drink and very well made with a nice backbone, acidity, and tannin integration. This needed a 2 hour decant and then it was ready to go.
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Red
5/13/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
100 points
I haven't had this in over a year so I decided to re-visit and it is still an exceptional bottle of wine that is holding up nicely/perfectly. On the 1st night, it was very good but on night #2, it all came together. Note to self: decant, decant, decant!

Dark purple throughout, with a great and strong smell. The acid and tannins have all come together. Pronounced flavors from Las Piedras; including earth, stone, mineral, and lots of chocolate. There is harmony with this wine and there is so much going on, it is a pleasure to drink.
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Red
5/5/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
98 points
This young wine was ready for consumption after a 2 hour decant. Primarily dark red and black in the glass with matching fruit. Nice structure, full in body and smooth with the signature style of Benoit Touquette. There was something missing on day 1 and I couldn't put my finger on it but I have some left and will try to figure it out.
Red
5/4/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
New quarterly wine dinner at ACC with '09 Chateau Pavie, '13 Paul Hobbs Las Piedras Vineyard, '15 Realm Absurd and '16 Memento Mori Napa Valley.

I have not had much from Paul Hobbs I think that they - in general - are overpriced - but this wine, on this night was just great. Dark, rich, and very flavorful. Signature notes from Las Piedras, strong mid-palate and long finish. This was opened at the table, decanted and then consumed over 3 hours.
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Red
2015 Realm Cellars The Absurd Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/4/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
New quarterly wine dinner at ACC with '09 Chateau Pavie, '13 Paul Hobbs Las Piedras Vineyard, '15 Realm Absurd and '16 Memento Mori Napa Valley.

Realm's Absurd was fantastic. Opened at 5pm and poured at 7pm, this was very ready to drink. Very smooth, well integrated, tannins that were tamed, and great texture. It was missing a little tension or verve, but nonetheless, a very impressive bottle of wine.
Red
4/29/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
Sunday wine dinner with 3 single vineyard wines: Myriad Three Twins 2016, Anthem Las Piedras 2014, and, Fait Main's Sleeping Lady Vineyard 2015. The wines were more similar than different; especially with Myriad and Fait Main.

Fait Main was very good. Nice purple color, very smooth, easily drinkable, but it was a little flat - at least compared to Myriad and Anthem. Drink up if you have this.
Red
4/27/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
Decided to try a bottle of 2014 since I'm not the biggest fan of that year but I am a huge MM fan. Glad that I did!

This is drinking great right now. Nice clear purple coloring throughout, medium in body and smooth -- not silky smooth but smooth nonetheless. Blackberry, earth and chocolate notes throughout. Interestingly, I couldn't really taste the hallmark Dr. Crane Vineyard notes but it was still great.

Contrary to other wineries, Memento Mori believes that their blend is their signature wine and therefore, offers it up at the same price.
Red
4/13/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
This is the first vintage of Chris Tynan's Meleagris Gallopavo Vineyard wine and it was never released. That's too bad as it is one of the better bottles from 2011. As the vineyard is high up on the Mayacamas Mountain range, and it benefited from better drainage from the rains.

Similar in color as the other years (purple, red and black) and similar in taste -- from the fruit -- to the mineral, asphalt and leather notes.
Medium in body with nice acid and tannins that are integrated.

The biggest difference is that this wine only needed a 2 hour decant and it was ready for consumption.
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Red
3/31/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
A remarkable representation of The Dr. Crane Vineyard by Mike Smith. Rich, luscious and creamy are some of the words that described this wine. Lot's of earth, mineral, asphalt and stone throughout. Vanilla bean and more vanilla with hints of chocolate. Decanted for 1 hour but it would have been a little better had I decanted it for longer. No worries as the bottle was gone by the end of dinner.

Flirting on the too rich and sweet side but just tame enough to enjoy; I wish I had saved some as I wanted to do a science experiment and try a glass on day 2 to determine how it would evolve, but I shared it with friends who were equally blown away.
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Red
3/17/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
Well, well, well. What a great surprise. I pulled this from my wine cellar not knowing how it would taste for an impromptu Sunday night wine dinner. Anthem's LPV competed with many other labels, and everyone - everyone - thought that it was the WOTN.

Dark and rich, with a pronounced front-end, mid-palate and finish. Lots of fruit, tons of mineral and stone notes from the LPV site and a nice chocolate swirl on the finish. Really remarkable and it gave me some faith in Jeff Ames as I just purchased some of his 2016 Rudius wines.
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Red
3/17/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
Dark red with black, full in body with lots of charcoal with mineral notes. Tons of dark fruit; blackberry with dark chocolate on the finish. A little licorice mid-palate.

This youngster should have stayed in my cellar for another year or three. I wanted to Coravin it, but lately I have been having problems with Coravin'ed wines -- they seem flat after tasting them so I am moving away from that.
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Red
3/6/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
This lush wine was certainly shining this past week, when I shared it (and others) with work colleagues. They didn't know this label, but they love and know wine and this stood out.

I opened this up at 3pm but did not decant it and it didn't need it. The coloring was deep purple, really nice smell, so easy to drink and delicious! A perfect balance of fruit, mineral notes from the Pellet Vineyard and chocolate overtones. It had a nice balance of acid and tension as well.

This was so good that I needed to pace myself. The other wines were all more expensive and on this night, this was the WOTN.
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Red
3/3/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
This full-bodied beauty needed quite some time for it to come together and the evolution was pretty remarkable. Drank over 2 days and it was much better on day 2. From 3 of Andy Beckstoffer's top vineyards (To-Kalon in Oakville, and Dr. Crane and Las Piedras in St. Helena) and from their best barrels comes The M7.

Dark purple with matching mostly blue and purple fruit, nice earth and mineral notes with a great balance of acid and tannins that, well, finally tapered off.
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Red
2/22/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
99 points
This is amazing. A rich, luscious, full-bodied Cabernet that seems to be drinking quite nicely right now. Purple, black and red in color, a nice mixture of fruit, vanilla bean, sandalwood, with mineral and chocolate notes on the finish. It's a rich wine that has integrated well and is easy to bulp -- I mean drink.

One of the best Dr. Crane Vineyard designate wines that I have ever had.
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Red
2/22/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
This big and luscious wine just needs more time to blow off its fat and alcohol. It took quite a while for the alcohol to subside a bit but at this stage, it was just too in your face for me. This is the definition of a Napa Cab that is big and bold.
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Red
2/10/2019 - #1Winelover wrote:
88 points
This was recommended by Ian Cauble, SommSelect and it was actually the 1st time that I was disappointed. Even for the price, it was just okay. Nothing wrong - nothing good.
Red
2/9/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
It's been a year since I had Fait Main's 2013 Bettinelli Sleeping Lady Vineyard and time has stood still for this wine - a great thing. This rich, dark and brooding beauty still has a long life ahead as there really was no change from my last bottle. The only early warning sign was that the wine had started bleeding throughout the cork so I was a little worried until I tried it.

Purple throughout, primarily blueberry fruit, lots of mineral and gravel notes with milk chocolate on the finish. Tannins are just terrific and silky smooth. This is a great representation of this up and coming vineyard, located in the Yountville AVA.
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Red
2/4/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine took a whole day to come around and then it was really good. On day 1, I popped and poured and it was linear, tannic (which is typical from Cloudy's Vineyard) and light on its feet. I put the cork back in the bottle and moved on. On day 2, I re-opened it at 2pm, and tried it at 5pm. It was really good. Dark, rich and smooth, with lots of dark fruit. The tannins integrated and had a nice backbone. Lots of earth and mineral notes on the finish.
Red
1/29/2019 - #1Winelover Does not like this wine:
90 points
This wine, was, well, "meh." That's all I have to say.
Red
1/26/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
This wine was served side-by-side with Quivet's Las Piedras and not only did it hold its own but 1/2 of the crowd preferred it!

Dark purple and black with signature notes from Henry Brothers Ranch high up on Howell Mountain. Strong mountain fruit, lusciousness, full-bodied, really nice balance of fruit, tons of mineral and earth notes with a long, long finish. Wow.
Red
1/26/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
I actually forgot that I had this and boy, was I glad that I found it in my cellar. Just as good -- if not better -- than its older sibling, the Carter "Carter" is a beauty.

Purple throughout, with a strong nose of blackberry, blueberry pie and plum. Chocolate notes on the back end. Nice acid and tannins . Very concentrated with depth. Lots going on as this is a complex wine from prized vineyard sources. In this case, the sum of the vineyards are equal to if not better than the individual offerings; at least for this consumer.

For those who think that some of the Carter wines are too up front and/or too big, you should try this. It's more elegant even though its a full-bodied gem.

Last night, it was 97-98 points. I plan to finish it tonight or tomorrow night and if the score changes, it will only go up. Really a terrific bottle of wine!
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Red
1/16/2019 - #1Winelover wrote:
96 points
A really nice bottle and it bested 2 others (Carte Blanche and Jack Quinn - although all were different years). This kept calling to me. The proof is in the pudding and the other 2 bottles, well, I will enjoy them tomorrow.

Dark purple with a little red around the rim. Tons of fruit, mineral components, and unlike previous Panek, this was ready for business! Pretty smooth for a Panek wine at this youthful stage, dark fruit, lots of mineral with a nice long finish.

Held up very well on Day 2 - strutting its stuff and showing its pedigree.
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Red
1/13/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
94 points
An excellent value that can compete with wines twice the price, Ilaria was a great food companion last night. Dark purple in the glass, with crushed fruit, graphite and mineral and dark chocolate on the finish. It's a full-bodied but not over the top ready to consume wine.
Red
1/12/2019 - #1Winelover wrote:
92 points
I struggled with this wine. It's just too much for me and after 3 days, I gave up. Too dark, too brooding, too extracted. I know how to manipulate wines if they are too early or too late so I stand by my opinion and rating. Maybe it will be better in 3 years.
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Red
1/12/2019 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
98 points
Vice Versa wine dinner at Allegheny Country Club with Patrice and Samantha Breton

Had the pleasure of hosting The Bretons in Pittsburgh, at a sold out dinner last night. Tasted a barrel sample of their '17 Platt Vineyard Chardonnay, '16 Le Petit Vice, '16 Napa Valley (really good) and a barrel sample of their '17 Las Piedras Vineyard. Patrice told us the history of Vice Versa and his philosophy on the wines.

Dark purple and black in the glass, with terrific smells of fruit and mineral notes. And more mineral, stone and wet stone on the finish. Tons of mineral but not too much. Already very clear in the glass, this a medium-bodied but full-flavored beauty. This is more like Benoit's Fait Main style of wine whereas it is not extracted, it is not over the top; it is a classic example of a wine that is in development from its terroir. I know that I will love the finished product. It's a strong offering and I can't wait to see where it will end up in bottle.

97-99 points
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Red
12/30/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
This rich wine from St. Helena towards Calistoga has been, over the coarse of 2018, one of my favorites. I first tasted this at the winery and purchased a few bottles and then continued purchasing a few bottles again and again.

Dark purple in the glass, nice strong smell, has nice legs, fruit are purple and black primarily with noticeable dark chocolate. Really nice graphite and mineral notes throughout, from the 1st sip to the last.
The tannins are perfect and the backbone is all there. This is a full-bodied wine that seems weightless and is also very clear. Thomas Brown has done another great job with a grand cru vineyard in St. Helena. I have noticed that the wines from TRB seem to drink better with a little more bottle age. I probably would have liked this wine upon release, but I love this wine and will seek out more.

This stunning wine is entering a great window so drink up!
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Red
12/29/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
This is a really nice wine from the Dr. Crane Vineyard in St. Helena. Purple and red coloring with matching fruit of blackberry, raspberry with some cherry. Smooth and silky with nice acid and tannins that have already integrated. Finish is pretty solid; not super long but good. All in all, a fine bottle. It's missing some of the hallmark mineral/earthy notes from the vineyard and I wish that it had a stronger backbone. Drank over 2 nights with similar notes.
Red
12/26/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
99 points
I decided to open this up for Christmas dinner and had the necessary time during the day to work with the wine, for optimal tasting. Opened slow ox at 9am and left it alone until 1pm. Had a sip and waited until 3pm to decant. By 5pm, it was just extraordinary!

Dark black, purple and red with tons of mineral notes throughout the experience from the front end, mid-palate and then super long finish. Mineral notes were accompanied by charcoal, scorched earth, and crushed rock. Fruit was primarily dried dark cherry with blackberry. Notes of espresso and chocolate (can't figure out what kind of chocolate!). This is a full-bodied and velvety wine that is pronounced with power and intensity. Interestingly, the tannins and acid (after open for 8 hours) were nice and tame.

This is so multidimensional and unique, so well made and so interesting to drink, I am still craving it the next day. I snuck a glass for tonight to see if it changes and I might end up scoring this 100 points.

Of note and regarding Galloni's crazy wrong review, I can only think that perhaps Chris grabbed a bottle in the Cliff Lede caves and opened it on the spot. Of course, if I were a professional wine critic, I would assume that Galloni should still be able to evaluate the goods but obviously, he could not.

98 - 100 points
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Red
12/23/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
97 points
This is a big bad ass Cabernet that is still a toddler. This is a delicious Cabernet that needed quite some time to open up. Coming from Turnbull's Leopoldina Vineyard - which is also called "Weitz," and made by the ever steady hands of Thomas Brown, this wine, as we say in Pittsburgh, "is where it's at."

Dark Purple, black and red in the glass, the tannins have not been tamed, so make sure you decant this monster. This was 50% better on day 2 as it's all coming together. Strong blueberry notes with chocolate covered cherries and other dark chocolate nuances, intermingled with scorched earth and mineral. As I noted, this wine is still a toddler. I had to work with it to get it to show but it's all there. Give it 3-5 years and a similar score with much different notes will be posted.
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Red
12/12/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
I agree with Yackman, except for 2 things: (1) the fruit is no longer tart as it's all come together nicely, and, (2) I like my steak medium rare :)
Red
12/12/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
98 points
This beautiful wine has evolved nicely over time. Now, it is crystal clear purple. I decanted it for just an hour and the smell, vibrancy, clarity and mineral notes were amazing. More to come tomorrow when I polish off the bottle.

Just as solid on day 2. Notes of blackberry, and anise. Chocolate mid-palate with tons and tons of mineral, graphite and earth notes on the long finish.
Red
12/8/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a solid wine that is perfect for everyday drinking. I brought it to a dinner party, and people enjoyed it. It needed an hour decant and was then ready to go. Dark with black and purple coloring. Fruit was primarily blackberry with some blueberry. Smooth with well integrated tannins, and a nice finish of chocolate and cherry cola. It's a unique taste, very well made and over delivers for the price point.
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Red
12/6/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
95 points
A very solid Syrah from the highest vineyard on Mt. Veeder. This is drinking just great right now. Dark in color with matching fruit, nice spices, licorice and a rich creamy finish. This is a bottle that I could certainly drink on most nights and it held up well -- and complimented the Cabernet lineup that was paired with it.
Red
12/6/2018 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
96 points
This has certainly come into its own and is drinking beautifully right now. It did need a 1 hour decant and then opened up; showcasing it's smooth and integrated slightly creamy and mineral self.
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